An agent-based study of enthusiasm in the artificial society

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Enthusiasm cannot be interpreted as a single emergence of a giant craze but as a chained emergence of crazes. I make an artificial society through computer. The society consists of agents who adopt a style sensitively or carefully (This model is called "Genesis Model of Enthusiasm" or GE model). I will show the emergence of enthusiasm on the computer and derive a scenario of enthusiasm from the observation of a number of simulations. From the observation, it is assumed that formation of group of those who adopt a style sensitively can trigger enthusiasm. Next, focusing on the history of juvenile delinquency, I will demonstrate that there has existed the phenomenon, in the history of juvenile delinquency, which is similar to the phenomenon mentioned above.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-36
Number of pages16
JournalSociological Theory and Methods
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar 1



  • Agent
  • Artificial society
  • Enthusiasm
  • Juvenile delinquency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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